GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed center Colin Long to an entry level contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Long, 20, recorded 33-58-91 last season while leading Kelowna of the Western Hockey League (WHL) to the WHL Championship and an appearance in the Memorial Cup finals. Long finished the 2008-09 season ranked 6th in the WHL in scoring and led Kelowna in points and assists and ranked T-2 in goals.
In 2007-08, Long was one of only two players in the WHL to reach the 100-point mark, recording 31-69-100 in 72 games. In 229 career WHL games with Kelowna, Long registered 76-147-223 and 113 PIM. A native of Santa Ana, California, Long was twice named the runner-up for the WHL’s Most Sportsmanlike Award (2007-08 and 2008-09).
The 5-foot-11, 187-pound Long was Phoenix’s 6th choice (4th round, 99th overall) in the 2008 Entry Draft.
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